Top Travel Credit Cards (as of Oct 2019)

There are lots of different credit cards out there. They all serve a purpose. Some are for cash back perks, others are meant for balance transfer opportunities, others give you additional bonus points from their stores. The ones that I find the most value are credit cards that give me points for traveling nearly free.
 
Here are my favorite cards that I use myself. I have quite a few credit cards and can only attest to the value that I get out of my existing cards. Word to the wise…always make sure you have the latest and greatest offer. These offers do change from time to time. DaddyTravels would truly appreciate it if you use the links provided.

Great rewards for Airfare and Hotels

These are perfect starter cards that will give you lots of bonus point for travels. As always, you might be targeted for a better offer, and you might consider looking at your options and find what’s best for you.
 
These are the perfect starter cards. For my family, the points earned with these cards have easily gotten us 2 FREE roundtrip tickets from anywhere in the US to NYC or Hawaii, or  just about anywhere in the world. Both cards will allow you to earn between 50,000 to 60,000 bonus points, the difference lies on the benefits of the cards and the annual fee.

Chase Sapphire Preferred (click here)

Annual Fee $95 

Highlights:

    • Earn 60,000 Bonus Points after spending $4000 within 3 months
    • 60,000 points are worth at least $900
    • Earn 2x on travel/dining
    • No Foreign Transaction fees
    • Points are transferrable to airlines and hotels
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Chase Sapphire Reserve  

I don’t have a current active referral link for this, but this card is available, and easily searchable online for a current link that will work for you. Or, send me a message and if there’s a new link, I could send it to you.

Annual Fee $450 (breathe)

Highlights:

  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after spending $4000 within 3 months
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit (airfare, bus, taxi, Uber, subway, anything travel related will be covered by this travel credit.
  • $100 Global Entry credit (plus TSA precheck) – your application fee will be credited back to you, and this perk allows you to return to the US quickly by avoiding long lines at the airport
  • Priority Pass – this will give access to hundreds of airport lounges that are part of this program
  • Earn 3x for dining and travel

     For details on the difference, read what I wrote a when I compared these cards, click here…..

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American Express Gold (personal card)

Highlights

  • Earn 40,000 Membership Reward bonus points
  • Minimum spend $4,000 in purchases in your first 3 months
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • 4X Membership Rewards points on dining worldwide
  • 4X Membership Rewards points at US supermarkets, on up to $25,000 per year in purchases
  • Enhanced Dining Credit ($120) up to a total of $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boxed, and participating Shake Shack locations. This can be an annual savings of up to $120. 
  • $100 Airline Fee credit 
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • $250 Annual Fee
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American Express Platinum (click here)

Highlights:

  • Earn 60,000 Membership Reward bonus points
  • Minimum spend $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months
  • Enjoy $15 in Uber credits for U.S. rides each month plus a bonus $20 in December
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel
    5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com
  • Receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when incidental fees, such as checked bags and in-flight refreshments, are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card® Account
  • Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck
  • Access to Global Lounge Collection, including Centurion Lounges and Priority Pass
  • $550 Annual Fee
Amex Platinum
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American Express Everyday Preferred (Click here)

Highlights:

  • Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards points
  • Minimum spend of $1,000 within the first 3 months.
  • Plus, $0 Balance Transfer Fee.¤ Balance transfers must be requested within 60 days of account opening.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable APR
  • NO ANNUAL FEE

Another one of my favorites, such an excellent card. Excellent use at grocery stores, and earn an additional 20% bonus when you make 20 or more purchases in a billing period.

American Express Everyday Preferred
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Chase Freedom

  • Earn $150 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • 5% bonus Ultimate Rewards or cash back.
  • The promo has included purchases with gas stations, groceries, restaurant, the typical everyday spend.
  • The best part? No Annual Fee.
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 Chase United Explorer MileagePlus

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • Free first checked bag – save up to $120 per roundtrip
  • Priority boarding
  • 2 United ClubS one-time passes each anniversary – over a $100 value
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Precheck Fee Credit
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees

Annual Fee: $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.

Small Business Credit Cards with Rewards

If you have a SMALL BUSINESS, these are the cards that I have. Great sign-up bonuses, and earnings potential.

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Chase Ink Business Preferred

  • Annual fee is $95
  • Earn 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points by applying for a Chase Ink card
  • Earn 3x per dollar when you pay your cell phone bills, internet, travel, advertising, shipping purchases
  • Excellent cell phone protection.
  • Points are worth 25% more when you travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Minimum spend is $5,000 within the first three months from account opening
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American Express Business Platinum

Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards points. Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases on the Business Platinum Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.

  • Annual fee: $550
  • $200 Airline Credit
  • Access to Global Lounge and Priority Pass
  • Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck (valued up to $100)
  • 5x points on flights and eligible hotels
  • 1.5x on eligible purchases of $5,000 or more

Top Travel Credit Cards

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American Express Blue Business Plus

This is one of my default cards since I always get 2x per dollar on all my purchases.

Best part? NO annual fee.

  • Currently offering 10,000 Membership Rewards points
  • Meet $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 2x with no category restrictions.
  • No Annual fee
  • Plus, get a 0% introductory APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers.

 

Great hotel credit cards with options for airline points transfer

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless
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This is Marriott Bonvoy Boundless from Chase. We have used our Marriott points and have stayed at Wailea Beach Resort on Maui (upgraded to a one bedroom suite), JW Marriott in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (upgraded to a Junior Suite), AC Porto Hotel by Marriott in Portugal (upgraded to a Superior Room), AC Sants Hotel by Marriott in Barcelona upgraded to a luxury room with free access to minibar, Fairfield Inn Hotel New York City upgraded to a Penthouse Suite. You can say that I love this card.

The current offer:

  • Earn Three Free Night Awards (valued up to 35,000 points per night)
  • Meet the minimum spend of $3,000 within 3 months
  • Annual Fee of $95
  • Earn a Free Night each anniversary year with the card up to 35,000 points value
  • Earn 6x points when used at Marriott, 2x points on all other purchases
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status
  • 15 Elite Night Credits
  • Free Premium Wi-Fi
  • No foreign transaction fees

See offer terms for more details. Click here for more info and to apply.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant
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  • Earn 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points
  • Meet a minimum spend of $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • This offer ends 04/24/2019.
  • ANNUAL FEE $ 450.
  • Click here to apply and for more details.
Key Features of Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card
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This Chase World of Hyatt Card was the card that got us FREE rooms at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Park Hyatt Paris, Park Hyatt New York,  and a Presidential Suite upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC. Most recently, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego and received an upgrade to a suite with views of the marina.

  • Annual Fee – $95 Annual Fee.
  • Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points
    • Earn the first 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
    • Earn an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening
      • That’s up to 50,000 Bonus points – enough for 10 free nights at Category 1 hotels or 2 free nights at Category 7 hotel
      • Get a free night every anniversary year at any Hyatt that is between Category 1-4.

This one is a keeper for me. Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year.

To apply for World of Hyatt card, click here.

 
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IHG, or Intercontinental Hotels Group (includes brands such as Intercontinental, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and more) – this  is another credit card that I keep in my wallet. We’ve stayed at the Intercontinental Los Angeles/Beverly and got suite upgrade. Most recently, we spent 2 free nights at the Intercontinental Hong Kong and we were given beautiful executive suite.

The current offering is as follows:

  • 80,000 bonus points
  • Minimum spend Requirement: $2,000 within 3 months
  • Automatic Platinum Elite Status
  • 4th Night Reward Free – another great way of stretching your points is by doing this
  • Earn 5,000 points by adding an Authorized User within 3 months of account opening
  • Global Entry or TSA Precheck statement credit of up to $100
  • Earn 10x at IHG properties, 2x with gas, grocery, restaurants, 1x for other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • To apply, click here.

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American Express Hilton Honors card 

Many thanks to this card. We’ve stayed at the DoubleTree Hilton Grand Naniloa on the Big Island of Hawaii. We recently stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong and had a great upgrade overlooking the city.

Current offer:

  • Earn 100,000 – great for Hilton brand hotels worldwide.
  • Annual fee: Zero
  • Minimum spend is $1,000 within 3 months
  • EARN 7X HILTON HONORS BONUS POINTS for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • EARN 5X HILTON HONORS BONUS POINTS for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations.
  • EARN 3X HILTON HONORS BONUS POINTS on all other eligible purchases.
  • NO FOREIGN TRANSACTION FEE Enjoy international travel without additional fees on purchases made abroad.
  • COMPLIMENTARY SILVER STATUS Enjoy complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status with your Card. Plus, spend $20,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn an upgrade to Hilton Honors Gold status through the end of the next calendar year.

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